Frederick Douglass's autobiography is one of the finest and most inspiring books in American literature.
It is to Librivox's great credit that it has attracted a dedicated reader to make it more easily available to the public.
I greatly enjoyed listening to this, reading along using a freely available text from the Gutenberg Project:
I am often greatly surprised that so few people have read this book (as I was surprised in myself at having neglected it for so long).
It was never a requirement in my schooling-- and I wonder how many Americans and others have become acquainted with it.
I don't believe one can be more fully educated without having read this book (which becomes a greater pleasure to listen to as well).
Frederick Douglass's story is one of great personal courage that transcends race, nationality or time.
It describes the oppressive circumstances into which he was born and had to live, how he was helped and hindered, how he often had to rely on himself to learn, struggle, and fight back-- in the end, primarily through his words.
His lessons are invaluable-- as is the service of making his autobiography more easily available to the world.